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Comparison of OHS course accreditation procedures in Australia

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Abstract


  • As OHS professional bodies have moved or are moving towards professional certification of their members,

    the need for accredited programs of study has developed. This move has been prompted by the

    requirement of the certification boards for the applicant to demonstrate that they have the minimum

    knowledge required to work at a professional level.

    The AIOH has had a course accreditation procedure for over 20 years as discussed by Whitelaw and Reed

    (2011) which has been well recognised by the profession, but until 2009 only one course had been

    accredited. In the last two years the AIOH has revised its procedure and now requires any university

    applying for course accreditation to map their program against the learning outcomes as defined by the

    AIOH as well as the being at a minimum of a Graduate Diploma (AIOH, 2011) which is equivalent to the

    Australian Qualifications Level (AQF) level 8.

    In 2011 a new course accreditation board was set-up to look at courses that are promoted to educate OHS

    professionals that are not considered specialists and are core OHS Generalists. The new board called the

    Australian Occupational Health and Safety Education Accreditation Board (AOHSEAB) is set-up under the SIA

    but has members from all OHS professional groups in Australia in addition to academics, OHS

    representatives from government, employer and employee groups. Programs being accredited under this

    scheme have to be mapped against the OHS BoK and need to meet the respective AQF level of 7 or above

    depending on the qualification.

    This paper compares the two schemes in respect to both the procedure that is undertaken, and the

    knowledge required to meet course accreditation requirements.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Reed, S. & Whitelaw, J. (2012). Comparison of OHS course accreditation procedures in Australia. 30th Annual Conference and Exhibition: Meeting Global Challenges, 2012 Conference Proceedings (pp. 102-107). Australia: AIOH.

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Start Page


  • 102

End Page


  • 107

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • As OHS professional bodies have moved or are moving towards professional certification of their members,

    the need for accredited programs of study has developed. This move has been prompted by the

    requirement of the certification boards for the applicant to demonstrate that they have the minimum

    knowledge required to work at a professional level.

    The AIOH has had a course accreditation procedure for over 20 years as discussed by Whitelaw and Reed

    (2011) which has been well recognised by the profession, but until 2009 only one course had been

    accredited. In the last two years the AIOH has revised its procedure and now requires any university

    applying for course accreditation to map their program against the learning outcomes as defined by the

    AIOH as well as the being at a minimum of a Graduate Diploma (AIOH, 2011) which is equivalent to the

    Australian Qualifications Level (AQF) level 8.

    In 2011 a new course accreditation board was set-up to look at courses that are promoted to educate OHS

    professionals that are not considered specialists and are core OHS Generalists. The new board called the

    Australian Occupational Health and Safety Education Accreditation Board (AOHSEAB) is set-up under the SIA

    but has members from all OHS professional groups in Australia in addition to academics, OHS

    representatives from government, employer and employee groups. Programs being accredited under this

    scheme have to be mapped against the OHS BoK and need to meet the respective AQF level of 7 or above

    depending on the qualification.

    This paper compares the two schemes in respect to both the procedure that is undertaken, and the

    knowledge required to meet course accreditation requirements.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Reed, S. & Whitelaw, J. (2012). Comparison of OHS course accreditation procedures in Australia. 30th Annual Conference and Exhibition: Meeting Global Challenges, 2012 Conference Proceedings (pp. 102-107). Australia: AIOH.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1414&context=asdpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/asdpapers/404

Start Page


  • 102

End Page


  • 107

Place Of Publication


  • Australia